College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Arabic Minor

The Arabic minor develops proficiency skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding Modern Standard Arabic as well as cultural proficiency by introducing students to different aspects of the Arabic speaking world such as literature and film. Recognized as a critical language and linked to political and economic developments in the Middle East, as well as the internationalization of many businesses and professions, proficiency in Arabic is seen as increasingly valuable skill, and as preparation for a variety of different careers. As the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, as one of the official languages of the United Nations, and as the religious language of a quarter of the world's population, Arabic is also a language with a rich literary and cultural heritage that deserves to be studied in its own right.


The Department of Modern Languages offers Arabic language courses, advanced literature and culture courses in Arabic, and Arabic cultural studies courses taught in both Arabic and English. Students can choose Arabic to satisfy their foreign language requirements, and also count eight credits of Arabic language toward a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad.

Students interested in the Arabic minor should contact the Department of Modern Languages by phone at 216-687-4645, by email at modlang@csuohio.edu or visit Rhodes Tower 1619.

Required Courses:

A minor in Arabic consists of a minimum of 20 credits, of which twelve must be at the 300-level or above. Up to eight hours of Special Topics credit may count toward the minor; however, no topic may be repeated for credit. The required core and elective courses are distributed as follows:

  1. Core courses (16 credits):
    1. 12 credits in Arabic language courses required beyond the 100 level:
    • ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I (4 credit hours)
    • ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II (4 credit hours)
    • ARB 301 Conversation and Composition (4 credit hours)

    1. One class required in Arabic (4 credits) that can be selected from the following:
    • ARB 302 Media and Writing (4 credit hours)
    • ARB 371 Introduction to Classical Arabic literature (4 credit hours)
    • ARB 372 Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature (4 credit hours)

  2. One elective course (4 credits) that may be taught in English if cross-listed with an MLA course. Students may also substitute one of the two courses listed in A.2. not taken to fulfill the core.
    • ARB 380 Women in the Arab World (4 credit hours)
    • ARB 335 Arab Film (4 credit hours)
    • ARB 345 Arabic Resources of Cleveland/Service Learning Course (1-4 credits)
    • ARB 393 Special Topics in Arabic (1-4 credit hours)
    • ARB 394 Special Topics in Arabic (writing) (1-4 credit hours)
    • ARB 493 Special Topics in Arabic (1-4 credit hours)
    • ARB 494 Special Topics in Arabic (writing) 1-4 credit hours)

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